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2023-03-04  
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Morena Mountain, AZ
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Morena Mountain, AZ 
Morena Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking2.86 Miles 1,545 AEG
Hiking2.86 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   1.11 mph
1,545 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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This hike went to the summit of Morena Mountain (elevation of 4,343 feet and prominence of 1,407 feet). Morena Mountain is in southern Arizona about 1/2 mile from the US-Mexican border, which is a roundabout way of saying that it is deep in the heart of @RedRoxx44 country. This peak is in the Tohono O'odham Nation Reservation, and I requested and received permission from them to do this hike. They were kind enough to give me directions to the trailhead, and they also informed the Border Patrol of my presence.

As for etymology, Sierra de la Morena (or Moreno) was the name published by the US-Mexican Boundary Commission in 1899; this name likely came from the 1873 Morena Mine in the area. Prior to that, the mountain had been called "Sierra de la Union" in an 1857 US-Mexican Boundary Survey map. Locally the mountain is often called Horse Mountain or Horse Peak. Topo maps call it Horse Peak. The USGS benchmark is stamped "Union", likely to pay homage to the 1857 name; so some refer to the mountain as "Union Benchmark". Take your pick.

The drive to the TH was on nice, wide, well-graded roads. If dry, I imagine that a sedan could make the drive.

The hike was straightforward: I could see the peak from the TH, and it was just a matter of deciding which ridgeline to take to the top. The ridgeline that I chose was steep, but not unreasonably so; and the footing was generally solid. It was a bit brushy, but there were no thickets of catsclaw or anything like that. The most onerous to deal with was ocotillo that seemed to have arms that went out to each side about 6 feet, which was at times a chore to go around.

There were nice unobstructed views at the summit, so I hung out there for a little over 30 minutes. I did not see the benchmark, and I suspect that it was underneath the summit cairn that was built there. It wasn't the largest summit cairn that I have seen, but it was big enough that I did not feel like dismantling it to see if the benchmark was underneath.

There were lots of border patrol trucks in the area today, although I did not see any indocumentados out there, and only saw a couple of bits of trash that came from illegal border crossers.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
 
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